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Environmental Protection Agency

EPA: Let's practice what we preach

At EPA, trash cans at every workstation are emptied every day. The problem is that no matter how much or how little trash the can contains, the practice is to pull out the over-sized plastic bag lining the can and replace it. I've been observing this practice for some time and noticed that, as often as not, the plastic bag lining the can represents a larger proportion of the waste than the trash it contains. I suggest... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Reuse of Expended Space Hardware

Much hardware put into space is used once and discarded, burned up in the atmosphere, crashed into the moon, or left stranded in useless orbits and creating orbital debris hazards after meeting initially planned objectives.

Future space operations may capitalize on residual value of such hardware. Everything launched into orbit has potential value from the transportation cost and as raw material for future development;... more »

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Legislative Branch

Reimbursement for other than motorized transportation.

Save travel costs, energy costs, go green, and increase health of federal employees by providing low cost non-motorized transportation reimbursements rather than only providing the current high cost motorized vehicle use rates. If, as an example, just a couple percent of federal employees would use bicycles, small-wheeled transport, wheelchairs, kayaks, walking, etc. that could be reimbursed at 10 cents per mile instead... more »

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Legislative Branch

The Air Program Information Management System (APIMS) Implemented Federal Government Wide for Implementing Executive Order 13512

APIMS is an Air Force owned IT system, specifically designed to do Air Emission Inventories (AEI) including Green House Gas Inventories. I has the capabilities to do Scope 1,2 & 3 as it applies to these inventories, it is a web based system, fully accredited and secured and hosted at DISA Oak City. With the standizing of algorithms, naming convention and scope requirements already available, this truly makes APIMS the... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Eco-friendly beagle transport

Working as a canine handler I spend alot of time in a government vehicle. I am also concerned about the state of our environment and try to been as green as I can in my own life and my career. Driving so much reminds me of how much fuel the government uses in its daily activities and I wonder how we can reduce that. Even a slight reduction accross the board would have a large impact because of the number of vehicles... more »

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Department of Commerce

Permaculture on Government Campuses-Grow for our Communities

Much better use could be made of open space on large government campuses. For example, where space allows, remove the grass and plant edible food that could be donated to local food banks. Use permaculture to create low maintenance garden space that can grow fresh local produce. Government workers could garden at lunch time and donate a portion to the community. Let's use our land well and set a positive example for our... more »

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Department of State

Volunteers nomination

Find someone inside your section who wants to help not only to save money but the natural resources too. The volunteer could help turning off the light, motivate colleagues to print docs only if it's really necessary and when printing, use both sides of the page, helping adm officer to control expenses with regular reports.
All section can find at least one person who wants to help. And by finding this one person the... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Best Science Needed for Federal Triangle Lead Remediation Plans

It has been discovered that there are lead contamination problems in some of the older federal office buildings in the Federal Triangle complex in Washington, DC. In some cases, the source of the contamination is unclear, but old lead-based paint and firing ranges have been implicated.

Employees where contamination has been found were promised that GSA is developing a comprehensive plan to address the lead comtamination... more »

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Legislative Branch

No more plastic bags for umbrellas

Everytime it rains, we are required to put our umbrellas in plastic bags in order to go through security. We should stop wasting money and plastic on these umbrella covers. It's completly unnecessary. Those little plastic covers always just end up in the garbage. If the other regional offices are doing this too, then thousands of emplayees are using these bags whenever it rains. We don't need them. It would help save... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Save the Landscape while saving money, wildlife, people, the environment, and create accomplishment for employees

I suggest we stop the planting and changing of plants in all the areas where we currently have landscape contractors doing this work. It is a waste, done too often and not environmentally friendly as we do not use perennials, but actually throw away good plants! Instead, let an office or a group of volunteer employees "Adopt a garden", like we adopt a highway or street. Let that group of people decide to grow a garden... more »

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Four day work week saves

Save commuting by reducing the numbers of work days per week. Whenever possible permit government offices to organize employees into 4 day work weeks (10 hours a day). Half the organization would begin their work week on Monday ending Thursday evening. The other half would begin their work week on Tuesday, ending Friday. This would reduce fuel consumption by 20% per commuter. This would save every commuter 20% in... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Green Day Initiative

I suggest we have a "Green" day where we turn off any lighting or power sources not needed for the day such as, overhead lighting, unused printers, or anything that absorbs power. We could also do Team "Green" day where we go out and plant a tree, at the local park or location of choice. Additionally we can create information booths for anyone to ask questions about what we do, or how we are working as an agency to conserve... more »

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